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365 Overview – Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, after one year in office: 7 European Councils, 13 foreign bilateral visits, one diplomatic journey to UN General Assembly and visit to the White House

365 Overview – Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, after one year in office: 7 European Councils, 13 foreign bilateral visits, one diplomatic journey to UN General Assembly and visit to the White House

On December 21, Klaus Iohannis marked a year since he was installed in the highest position in the state, the president of Romania. One year after the the inaugural speech in Parliament, speech devoted to drawing new directions that the President proposed to follow, what identifies the period in which the challenges have not disappeared, […]

EPP MEP Ramona Mănescu at Doha Forum: ”With better infrastructure, better employment opportunities and stronger economic foundations for success, the lure of extremism diminishes”

EPP MEP Ramona Mănescu at Doha Forum: ”With better infrastructure, better employment opportunities and stronger economic foundations for success, the lure of extremism diminishes”

”With better infrastructure, better employment opportunities and strong economy, we diminish the threat of terrorism,” said European People’s Party MEP, Ramona Manescu, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on the occasion of participation in the 15th edition Forum in Doha, Qatar. Further we present you the full version of the Romanian MEP. […]

Foreign Affairs: era tăierilor bugetare a început în Washington

Foreign Affairs: era tăierilor bugetare a început în Washington

Potrivit Foreign Affairs, „o nouă eră a tăierii bugetului a început în Washington, iar Pentagonul se află în centrul intereselor. Disperaţi să reducă cheltuielile prin orice mijloace, aleşii ţării s-au orientat către apărarea naţională. În 2011, bugetul de bază al Pentagonului era de 530 miliarde $, plus încă 159 mld. $ pentru războaiele din Irak […]

AGENDA, 2985th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting, Brussels, 8 December 2009

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BACKGROUND NOTE, 2985th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting, Brussels, 8 December 2009

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Turkey is part of the solution, not of the problem, says its EU minister

Turkey is part of the solution, not of the problem, says its EU minister

Turkey’s progress this year on the path to EU accession was debated by its EU affairs minister and chief negotiator Egemen Bağış and Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on 2 December. His visit coincided with the committee’s first discussion of a draft report on Turkey by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (EPP, NL)

Catherine Ashton: EU should do more to “punch its weight” politically

Catherine Ashton: EU should do more to “punch its weight” politically

Catherine Ashton, the EU’s new High Representative for foreign policy, assured MEPs on Wednesday that she had the qualities needed to do the job. During a discussion with the Foreign Affairs Committee she said she would help Europe “punch its weight” politically.

EU membership candidates: Parliament outlines its criteria

EU membership candidates: Parliament outlines its criteria

Current and potential candidate countries must continue reforming to stay on track for eventual EU membership. Key issues such as rule of law, freedom of expression, treatment of ethnic minorities and the fight against corruption and organised crime must still be addressed, says a resolution approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday and scheduled for a plenary vote on 26 November

"Visa liberalisation not a substitute for accession negotiations"

"Visa liberalisation not a substitute for accession negotiations"

“Visa liberalisation must not be a substitute for the start of accession negotiations. It is an instrument for further integration; it is not a goal in itself”, Foreign Affairs Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Antonio Milososki told MEPs on Tuesday. Source : © European Parliament

Vuk Jeremic: Serbia likely to submit its EU application before end of 2009

Vuk Jeremic: Serbia likely to submit its EU application before end of 2009

“The basic groundwork is there for Serbia to submit its official application for EU membership. We hope to do so by the end of this year”, Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic told members of the EP Foreign Affairs Committee this Thursday. However, he would not back a call by MEPs for the Serbian government to encourage Serbian Kosovars to take part in upcoming local elections in Kosovo